“Whoever says he is in the light,
yet hates his brother, is still in the darkness.
Whoever loves his brother remains in the light,
and there is nothing in him to cause a fall.
Whoever hates his brother is in darkness;
he walks in darkness
and does not know where he is going
because the darkness has blinded his eyes.” 1 John 2:9-11
This letter from John reminds us that our words and actions are intimately bound together and cannot be separated one from the other. For to walk in the light means that we are to love one another not only in words but in our actions.
What a challenge for us! How difficult it is to love all our brothers and sisters. We are pretty good loving those who love us, treat us kindly, etc. Jesus, in telling the parable of the Good Samaritan, challenges us even more. Take a moment to reflect upon this parable…
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
- What is God asking of you right now, at this moment?
- Is there any situation or person who comes to mind?
- How are you being called to respond to the question, “Who is my neighbor?
- In what ways are you being challenged today to be a “good Samaritan” at work? At home? In your neighborhood?
Lord, help me to walk in your light this day. Teach me to love as you love. Amen.
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